Grenada seeking Cuban nurses
Grenada is looking to recruit nurses from Cuba as a stop-gap in response to the flow of Grenadian nurses leaving for better opportunities abroad, mostly in the UK.
At a Post-Cabinet news conference, Grenada's Health Minister Nickolas Steele said a delegation from the Ministry interviewed 100 individuals in Cuba, with the government seeking 20 to 40 nurses in various specialties.
He said it is unfortunate that Grenada is losing some of its nurses to first world nations, however, the government must ensure a proper complement of nurses is still present to serve the people of Grenada.
Minister Steele explained additional health workers are being sought from Cuba, as nurses leaving Grenada are more experienced, and graduates now entering the system are lacking that important trait.
The Grenadian Health Minister said: “We have to do like Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, and St Lucia and look outside the region for nurses.”
The cost to hire the nurses has not been finalized.